The assignment ABCs and 123s for Design 1 class consisted in photographing the letters of the alphabet and numerals 1-9 as found naturally occurring in my environment. I had to go outside and look close at everything that surrounded me, training the eye. I ended up finding letters at the leaves on the trees, the cracks in the sidewalk and even at the ground soil. I carried my camera with me all the time for around 5 days everywhere I went and actually happened to find most of them on River Street. My favorite letter was “F” because was the only one I was missing and surprisingly I was at my friends house telling him about my assignment when I looked up and found out the tree of his house was a perfect “F” shape.
I decided to turn all of my photographs in black and white on Photoshop and put them together in different sizes. I made bigger the ones I liked the most and the ones that were harder to read and then created this poster with Illustrator adding green color to it. I decided to use this bright green color, not only to attract my viewers attention but to use the best possible color representation of nature and illustrate how much nature has to show us if we connect to it. I also decided to scramble the letters so that people could look around and find the images’ meaning. I had the feeling that if I had put the letters and numbers in order people would eventually know what they were going to read and wouldn’t be that much challenging. I wanted to show in my poster that you have to open your eyes and train the eye to find unexpected things, not just find them because you were expecting them.
“The hardest thing to find is what is in fron of your eyes” -Gothe
During critique I got very positive comments from my classmates liking my idea of color impact and specially the quote I used. Although, most people thought my poster would have looked better if images were bigger since some of them were very small. Mrs. Waldvogel commented she liked it and that she thought of it being in a children’s museum. She liked that I had scrambled the letters and numbers but thought that I should have added somehow the answer, so that people guessed the letters and then actually confirm it.
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